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Dread Central Presents grabs “SLAY BELLES” and “LASSO,” announces “DIRECTOR’S CUT” dates

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Epic Pictures’ Dread Central Presents horror brand is beefing up its release slate, having acquired two movies and revealing playdates for one of its other titles this month.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news this morning that DCP has picked up SLAY BELLES and LASSO for North American release and international sales. SLAY BELLES was directed by SpookyDan Walker from a script he wrote with Jessica Luhrssen, and stars Kristina Klebe (pictured, from HALLOWEEN and PROXY), Susan Slaughter and Hannah Wagner as a trio of cosplaying woman who inadvertently release the Christmas demon Krampus, and must join forces with Santa Claus (Barry Bostwick—!) to put a stop to it. LASSO, directed by Evan Cecil from a screenplay by Roberto Marinas, is about tourists attending a rodeo who are stalked by murderous cowboys; Sean Patrick Flanery, Lindsey Morgan, Andrew Jacobs and LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE’s Karen Grassle star. Release details for both movies should follow soon.

For now, DCP has revealed the theatrical playdates and other release info for DIRECTOR’S CUT, the meta psycho-horror film directed by Adam Rifkin and written by Penn Jillette, who also stars along with Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin and Hayes MacArthur. Jillette plays the deranged Herbert, who kidnaps the star [Pyle] of a film he helped crowd-fund, along with the movie itself, to re-edit a new version with himself as the star. It hits VOD May 29 and Blu-ray/DVD June 5, but first it’ll have the following big-screen playdates:

  • May 10: Akron, OH—The Nightlight
  • May 10: Cleveland, OH—Capitol Theatre
  • May 10: Richardson, TX—The Alamo Drafthouse
  • May 10: Santa Ana, CA—The Frida Cinema
  • May 10: Seattle, WA—Ark Lodge Cinemas
  • May 10-11: Buffalo, NY—The Screening Room
  • May 11: Los Angeles, CA—Chinese Theater 6
  • May 11: Pittsburgh, PA—Row House Cinema
  • May 11: San Diego, CA—The Digital Gym Cinema
  • May 16: Las Vegas, NV—Eclipse Theater
  • May 17: Phoenix, AZ—Film Bar
  • May 18: Los Angeles, CA—WGA

See the trailer below, and for more info on DIRECTOR’S CUT and its release, click here.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.